Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Justice For Abby

Hear ye, hear ye! Here comes another book from Cate Beauman! Check it out and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. :)

Cate Beauman is back with the sixth installment in her bestselling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County.  Justice For Abby is on sale now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes! 

Justice For Abby by Cate Beauman
Romantic Suspense

Fashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her and move on, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life while eluding the men who want her dead. 

The Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring is in ruins after Abby’s interviews with the police.  The organization is eager to exact their revenge before her testimony dismantles the multi-million dollar operation for good.

Abby’s safety rests in the hands of former US Marshal, Jerrod Quinn.  Serious-minded and obsessed with protocol, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest agent finds himself dealing with more than he bargains for when he agrees to take on his beautiful, free-spirited client. 

As the trial date nears, Abby’s case takes a dangerous turn.  Abby and Jerrod soon discover themselves in a situation neither of them expect while Jerrod fights to stop the ring from silencing Abby once and for all.
The Unofficial Justice For Abby Soundtrack

Music always plays a huge part in my writing process.  With two boys and two dogs in the house, music helps me “get lost” in my story.  I typically listen to Pandora or YouTube and put together a playlist of songs that I feel represent the characters or the situations they face as the novel unfolds.  Here are a few of the songs that I had on “repeat” while I created Jerrod and Abby’s story!  - Cate Beauman

Justice For Abby by mybookandmycoffee on Grooveshark
Applause by Lady Gaga
Safe and Sound by Capital Cities
She Is by Ben Rector
I Should Go by Levi Kreis
The Other Side by Jason Derulo
Why Don’t You Love Me? by Hot Chelle Rae ft. Demi Lovato
We Owned The Night by Lady Antebellum
Stars Go Blue by Tim McGraw
Open Your Eyes by Snow Patrol
Come Back by Pearl Jam
By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North
Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran

About the Author: 


Cate currently lives in Tennessee with her husband, their two boys, and St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. She is the author of the best selling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County.  Before her career as an author, Cate worked in special education for 12 years.

“I’m a pretty lucky girl; one day I woke up and my entire life changed. I saw the light, so to speak, and decided I was going to be a writer. Now, three years later, I’m working on my seventh novel, Saving Sophie, and I’m an Amazon best selling author.  I’m very grateful for the support and success I have had.  - Cate "

Connect with Cate: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter


...Enter the giveaway here: 

3 lucky winners
Kindle or Nook version
Giveaway is International
Ends on May 1, 2014
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

WW Giveaway: John Dreamer by Elise Celine

Here's another awesome giveaway. Check it out! :) 

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win an eBook copy (Kindle or Nook version) of John Dreamer, a young adult novel by Elise Celine

John Dreamer by Elise Celine
Young Adult
Release Date: February 1, 2014
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her. When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined—where anything is possible—and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.
Captivating title, book cover and synopsis! 

About the Author: 

Born storyteller.
Lover of nature.
Reader of everything and anything. When in absence of book, even encyclopedia will do.
Prefer the book to the movie.
Photojournalist (there is no such thing as too many pictures).
Archiver of infinite useless facts (can't help it, but it's great when playing trivia games).
Fantasy and romance will make my day.
Endless daydreamer.
Road trip fanatic.
Happy-go-lucky kid turned sudden adult.
Music is the soundtrack to my movie, I mean, life.

Connect with Elise: Website | Facebook | Goodreads


... Enter the Giveaway here: 


1 lucky winner 
Kindle or Nook version 
Giveaway is international 
Ends on May 11, 11:59 PM 
Winner will be chosen on May 12, 2014

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Post: Chick Lit From South Africa by Alissa Baxter

The Blog Affair Book Tour

Let's all welcome Alissa Baxter, author of The Blog Affair, here at My Book and My Coffee. Today's guest post from Alissa is really inspiring and, personally, it makes me want to know more about South Africa and her book! Check it out!

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Thanks so much for welcoming me to your blog!  It’s a pleasure to be here.  I’m going to tell you a bit about growing up in South Africa, which is where I hail from. The first few years of my life were spent in Swaziland, a small African country bordering South Africa. When I was four years old my parents bought a farm across the border in South Africa and we moved there. My dad is a poultry and cattle breeder, so I grew up on a farm surrounded by chickens, cattle and hay bales! I remember building hay forts with my brother, and riding quad bikes around the farm at the age of ten. I attended the local primary school in a small town called Piet Retief, and in summer the school kids attended classes barefoot. We only wore shoes in winter when it was a lot chillier. 

When I was thirteen years old I went to an Anglican private boarding school for girls four hours away, in the province of Natal. It was a shock to my system to be so far away from my family, and I didn’t adjust too well at first to the change in my circumstances. We had to wear formal uniforms, and when I climbed a tree once, in order to get a better vantage point for a tennis match, I was told to get down from the tree as “ladies don’t climb trees!”  I was quite a tom boy when I arrived at the school but was slowly tamed into a lady.

Holidays were spent with my family, and one of our favourite family holidays was to visit the Kruger National Park (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/default.php/), a two million hectare national park in the South African lowveld. The Park was established in 1898 to protect the Lowveld wildlife and it’s a great holiday destination for South African families.

I’ve always loved books, and as our lifestyle on the farm in the school holidays was quite isolated, I spent many hours reading novels as a teenager. I knew from the age of seven that I wanted to write stories, and wrote a number of short stories during the school holidays to keep myself entertained. 

When I left high school, I attended university in a town called Pietermaritzburg. I started writing my first novel in my second year at university - a Regency romance called THE DASHING DEBUTANTE. After university, I travelled overseas and lived in Lausanne, London and Dubai, before returning to South Africa and moving to the coastal city of Durban, where I wrote my second Regency romance, LORD FENMORE’S WAGER. I then movxed to Cape Town, where a local publisher contracted me to write a chick lit story called SEND AND RECEIVE, which I set in Durban.  My next book, THE BLOG AFFAIR is set in Cape Town. I like to set books in cities I’ve lived in, as I can then portray a unique sense of place. Of course, a lot of writers set books in places they’ve never visited and with the internet (and Google Maps!) at our disposal it’s becoming easier and easier to do so.  

South Africa is a wonderful country, and is, I believe, an underused setting in romance and chick lit novels. I hope overseas readers will enjoy the Cape Town setting. THE BLOG AFFAIR was such a fun book to write, and even though the South African setting may appear exotic, women across many cultures experiences very similar up and downs when it comes to dating. Anyone who’s been on the dating scene knows that there are sometimes so many frogs out there that it should be called a dating pond rather than a dating pool! 

My main character, Emma Bradshaw, has a pattern for falling for unsuitable men and decides to start a blog about these so-called “serial datists” in order to make sense of her dating past. 


Technology has changed the way we communicate with each other. On the one hand, social media is a very open platform where people often reveal intimate details of their lives. There is also a more secretive side to online communication, however, where people can post their innermost thoughts anonymously. This anonymous form of communication became the premise for my novel, and cyberspace is the place where Emma vents all her pent up feelings about the men she’s dated. However, when an anonymous male reader of her blog challenges her on her ideas about men, Emma realises she must confront her past before love can blossom again in her future…

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Alissa Baxter
Chick Lit/Contemporary
Ubuntu line from Decadent Publishing
Escape to Africa
246 pages

Blurb: 
Twenty-something, white, South African Emma Bradshaw has a pattern of falling for unsuitable men and starts a blog about these so-called “serial datists”. Her search for new beginnings takes her to Cape Town, where she gets a job working for sexy author, Nick Reynolds. Romance with her boss is a no-no, but slowly, Nick works his way around her defenses. Trust him, or not, especially with her awful track record with men? 

When an anonymous male reader of the blog challenges her on her ideas about the male species, Emma realises she must confront her past and find her true self before she can move forward...and love can blossom again in her future.
About the Author: 


Alissa Baxter was born in South Africa, and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first novel, The Dashing Debutante. Alissa travelled to London, England, and did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote after she moved back to South Africa and settled in Durban. Alissa then relocated to Cape Town where she wrote her third novel, Send and Receive, before moving to Johannesburg, where she currently lives with her husband and two sons.
Connect with Alissa: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Website

By the way, the author is giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card to 1 (one) lucky winner. Enter the giveaway here

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